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What Home Users Can Do

 ► Use a suite of automatically updating security tools that includes anti-Spyware, firewall and anti-virus software.

 ► Be sure your operating system and Web browser are set to automatically update.
► Use long, complex passwords for both your computer and your wireless network that include numbers, symbols and letters,     and change them every 90 days.
► Maintain vigilance online and be skeptical about giving up personal information.
► Turn off your computer when you are not using it.
► Employ the same online safety behaviors when “surfing” on a mobile device.
► Be on the lookout for signs of an infected computer including slower processing times, unwanted pop-up ads and increased spam.
► Talk to your kids about good online safety and security habits, including protecting their personal information and their reputation.
► Know what sites your children are visiting online, and check their social networking regularly.
► Regularly back up your files either online or to an external hard drive (and store in a secure location).
► Post cyber security tips on your favorite community Listserv.
► Go to your favorite search engine and search by your name and other family members to see what is on the web about you.
► Make sure your children know that they can come to you if something online makes them uncomfortable, including what others are posting about them, unwanted contacts, and questions they have about staying safe online.

► Learn more at

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Chartered as the Bank of Buxton in 1885, records for First State Bank date all the way back to 1879. Officially known as First State Bank since 1938, our three locations are all nestled in North Dakota's legendary Red River Valley: Buxton, Thompson and Grand Forks.

First State Bank made its mark as an agricultural bank, and we still support farmers today. The Red River Valley is one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world, and we're proud to be a part of this heritage. However, we also strive to offer all of the convenient and innovative banking services that today's customers demand.

From Click-N-Bank Internet banking to our wide array of deposit products, from our respected business lenders to our knowledgeable mortgage lenders, we've got all the bank you need right here. We've managed to keep the friendly, small-town service and back it up with the very best banking products available. That's Real Banking. That's First State Bank.

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